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Lars and the Real Girl
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Sometimes you find love where you'd least expect it. Just ask Lars (Ryan Gosling), a sweet but quirky guy who thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in a life-sized doll named Bianca. Lars is completely content with his artificial girlfriend, but when he develops feelings for Margo, an attractive co-worker, Lars finds himself lost in a hilariously unique love triangle, hoping to somehow discover the real meaning of true love. Offbeat and endearing, this romantic comedy takes a fresh look at dating and relationships and dares to ask the question: What's so wrong with being happy?
To some, Lars and the Real Girl will play as comedy; to others, tragedy. Though Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock) allows Lars Lindstrom (a mustachioed Ryan Gosling, miles away from Half Nelson) a happy ending, the road is far from smooth. This rumpled Midwesterner couldn't be more miserable. His brother, Gus (Paul Schneider, All the Real Girls), and sister-in-law, Karin (Emily Mortimer, Lovely and Amazing), fall over themselves to cheer him up, but Lars cannot be moved; hes been like that since childhood. Then a porn-addicted co-worker hips him to the lifelike Real Doll. The next thing everyone knows, Lars has a new girlfriend named Bianca. She's from Brazil, she's shy, and she uses a wheelchair. She's also made of silicon. (Because Lars is a devout Christian, hanky-panky is out of the question.) Since he's finally emerging from his shell, his doctor, Dagmar (Patricia Clarkson), advises Gus and Karin to play along with the "delusion." Soon the whole town, including Margo (Kelli Garner), who harbors a not-so-secret crush on her officemate, gets in on the action, forcing Lars to rejoin the human race or crawl deeper into psychosis. Written by Six Feet Under's Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl is built around such a preposterous premise, it's hard to know whether to laugh or cry. Fortunately, the actors play it straight. Gosling does his best to make Lars sympathetic, but Schneider and Mortimer, fully convincing in their concern, are the true heart and soul of this odd little film. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Still, it's beautiful. The synopsis misses the beauty of a small town rallying around a young man to support him. He might be delusional, but they're going to take him seriously if that's what he needs.
This movie is a work of art. It manages to convey so much realistically. The acting is perfect, there is no over-dramatization. They use the protagonist's sister-in-law's pregnancy (which affects Lars) to give a timeline without turning it into the focus of the movie.
I LOVE IT.
I LOVE ...
Everything about this movie and I'm GLAD (for this one time)
that I did not read any of the reviews of it before viewing
(although it was ONLY 1 reviewer who just didn't 'get it'.)
..and all the other ones are GLOWING and quite APPRECIATIVE
as am I for having watched this sweet-spirited love story.
Ryan Gosling and the entire cast are just the right actors to bring this very lovely book to life.
I will probably buy this on DVD to give as a gift to young lovers &/or married couples.
I certainly recommend.
First off, introversion and delusion are NOT automatically synonymous with one another, however, in the real world, I can most definitely relate to an idealistic desire for a ‘consistent’ relationship, and a love-doll would be at least trustworthy. Secondly, in the movie, the entire community is depicted as being empathetic, supportive and accepting of someone who is antisocial and “different”, but in the real world, the exact opposite occurs. With these ‘real world’ facts in mind, I ask you, who, by fictional juxtaposition, are they portraying as the more disparately dysfunctional, the different or the “normal”?
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